Stillwater homeowner finds 5-foot boa constrictor on his deck

  • Article by: Kevin Giles , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 21, 2013 - 8:20 PM

A homeowner found it in the dark on his deck. A snake rescue group took it, but so far no one has claimed it.

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tkr380Aug. 21, 13 6:03 PM

Not that many years ago a simple single shot from a .22 rifle would have dispatched the snake and nobody would have thought anything of it other than some guy's pet got loose. Now this homeowner was required to call animal control and would have been charged with cruelty for dispatching the snake. This probably cost the taxpayer $500 to handle this in this manner. A .22 caliber bullet is about 4 cents.

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tkr380Aug. 21, 13 7:43 PM

One has to admit America is lost when people actually disagree with my post in which I point out the smarter economic thing to do is just put a single .22 caliber bullet in your .22 rifle and shoot the darn snake instead of calling the police. Our fathers and mothers from just 30 years ago would sit in stunned silence at the place this nation is at now.

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utopiaAug. 21, 13 8:35 PM

I would have just killed it. Pets need to be restricted to cats, dogs, birds, and fish, maybe a few other common pets. Snakes, tigers, lions, bears, exotics (not native to North America) need to be banned with very stiff fines.

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joe12packAug. 21, 13 9:27 PM

Snake rescue group - thanks for being there.

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tjg2323Aug. 21, 1311:11 PM

First a snake story about Joe Buck and now this...all in one week!

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ldahlkeAug. 21, 1311:17 PM

Hmmm, if that snake were on my deck, it would not be a news story nor would anyone have a chance to rescue it, it would quietly disappear.

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hockeybiasAug. 22, 1312:02 AM

A five footer does NOT a large Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor make! ...And they are extremely docile. No need to kill it. Sheesh. The cold-blooded animal is lucky it didn't get out in a month or so when it would likely get a quick pneumonia and die.

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wizeoneAug. 22, 1312:12 AM

To the posters whose first reaction is to kill something, what a bunch of murdering losers you are. Boas make great pets and they are harmless to people (except maybe very small kids). My roomies and I had one as a pet in college (long ago). Fed it a few mice every week and it was happy. Couldn't beat the reaction of some people when you answered the door with a snake wrapped around your shoulders.

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falcon1681Aug. 22, 13 4:18 AM

tkr380 - One has to admit America is lost when people actually disagree with my post in which I point out the smarter economic thing to do is just put a single .22 caliber bullet in your .22 rifle and shoot the darn snake instead of calling the police. --------- No, I think it has more to do with your "if it moves, shoot it" mentality.

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odinmanAug. 22, 1311:01 AM

These non-native "pet snakes" are causing extreme havoc in the Florida Everglades to the point where there is a bounty on them. They may be fun to own or even cute in some people's eyes, but the problem is that they keep on growing and growing and in time become unmanagable. These things should not be allowed as pets.

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